WEEK IN REVIEW

February 4th, 2022

Welcome to COVRPRICE’s Weekly Market Report!

The running theme across this week’s market report are oddities, rarities and a bunch of hot Marvel books. As you’ll see in the report, there were a bunch of interesting and unique sales for books that rarely come up for sale. There’s also a few stealth buy books here that almost every retailer would overlook. So come on in, the water’s fine.

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COMIC BOOK SHAKERS

Every day CovrPrice’s Daily Shaker List calls out comics with the highest sales value sold that day. Throughout the week we pull the more interesting ones and elaborate on them here. Check out our sweet Shaker List here.

 

SHAKER: AMAZING SPIDER-MAN #194 ERROR | MARVEL | 1979

By Matt Day

Most Spidey fans know Black Cat and the significance of her first appearance in Amazing Spider-Man #194. Those who are market savvy already know this book’s meteoric rise over the past couple of years. Some may even know that this 1979 book has Newsstand and Whitman direct editions (note that Whitmans were not widely distributed in the late ’70s). However, most are likely unaware of the rarest ASM #194 – error version. Even CGC doesn’t acknowledge it, nor do our competitors differentiate between sales. That’s too bad because the error edition goes for a significant premium over both the most prevalent Newsstand edition and the harder-to-find Whitman edition. Fortunately, at CovrPrice, we look for these outliers and differentiate them. We caught the first recorded CGC graded sales in the past month: a CGC 6.0 for $750, a CGC 8.0 copy for $1814, and a CGC 9.0 copy for $2500. Compare these to non-error sales, which tend to range around $350, $525, and $775. So how can you tell the error version from the other versions? It looks like a Whitman Direct edition, but it has a yellow section in the upper right corner to the right of the Comics Code Authority box. This error is so small, that it makes this a great stealth buy. So what are you waiting for? Check your copies to see if you have the error version!

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SHAKER: BOY COMICS #10 | LEV GLEASON | 1943

By Ryan Forster

Despite its name, Boy Comics presented some very adult themes to its readers for many of the issues during World War 2. While these earlier issues don’t come up for sale very often, the covers featuring Nazis and Hitler have been producing some record-breaking sales recently. A month ago, Boy Comics #4 had a record sale of $4,080 for a 3.5, selling for five times more than it did a year prior, and this week issue #10 had a $5,520 sale for a CGC 4.0, crushing the prior sale in this grade from 2014 of a mere $262, a jump of over 2,000 percent. This classic cover, featuring the James Bond-looking villain Iron Jaw and swastikas spreading across the globe, only has 18 universal copies on the census. That rarity, cover content, and the Promise Collection pedigree led to another massive sale for this relatively obscure title.

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SHAKER: CYCLOPS #4 | INNOCENCE & EXPERIENCE | 1970

By Matt DeVoe

This UK independent comic strip book gets the honor of being the first official Alan Moore artwork and paid work. This week we witnessed the first sale we’ve ever seen for the book, selling for a steal at $402 raw. Granted, not many know about it. A teenage Moore created this “Dark They Were And Golden Eyed” comic-shop advert inside this book (see below). It’s not widely known that Moore is also an immensely talented artist. It gets complicated if you dare to go down the rabbit hole of his first publisher-written work as he wrote some immensely small printed fanzines as a teenager. For now, this advert does seem to be an actual first in terms of his first published artwork.

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SHAKER: EDGE OF SPIDER-GEDDON #1 – 2ND PRINT | MARVEL | 2018

By Matt DeVoe

With Spider-Punk heat increasing, his first solo story in this issue is getting significant traction. This issue also features the first appearance of Punk-Hulk, who graces the cover of the 2nd print (pulled from an internal page). Once selling for a steady $10, this subsequent printing hit a new high of $62.50 raw this week, which even outpaces his first appearance in Amazing Spider-Man #10.

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SHAKER: THE MACHINES #1 | OFFICE OF STUDENT PUBLICATIONS, SYRACUSE

UNIVERSITY | 1967

By Matt DeVoe

This week, a rare sale popped up for this hard-to-find 16-page pamphlet, selling a CGC 9.0 for a new high of $1,560 on Heritage. As noted in the sale details, “This black and white pamphlet-sized comic was produced and printed during Vaughn Bodé’s college days in Syracuse, New York, in 1967. Tough to find, this shows Bodé working in the style for which he would become famous.” Though he should be, Vaughn Bodé is not a widely known name amongst comic collectors. Bodé’s 1963 book Das Kämpf (limited to 100 copies, with a 2nd print limited to 3000) is widely known as one of the very first underground comics (some sources cite it as the official first underground comic). He’s also considered one of the founders of graffiti/aerosol art. As one of the first trailblazers of independent comics, THE MACHINES is a rare find and inspired him to shortly thereafter create one of his most notable characters, Cheech Wizard, a central character used throughout his career until his untimely death at the age of 33 due to autoerotic asphyxiation.

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SHAKER: MANGAZINE #11 | ANTARCTIC PRESS | 1989

By Matt DeVoe

Any comic book digger will instantly recognize the “Gold Digger” comic series. The title has a constant presence in back-issue bins and at antique markets. However, there’s a reason for that. Gold Digger, written and drawn by Fred Perry, is the longest-running U.S. comic book written and illustrated by the original creator. It all started with the Gold Digger’s first appearance in this 1989 issue of Mangazine #11, which sold for a massive $3,500 for a CGC 9.4 this week. Many of you probably passed by Gold Digger issues, thinking it’s about a money-hungry single woman. However, the series is a little more on the nose, as it features Gina Babette Diggers, an archeologist adventurer who seeks out hidden treasures and ancient hidden mysteries. Literally a gold digger. The series has a heavy anthropomorphic focus as well, hence all the more notable “furry” covers. This specific first appearance can easily be passed over, so keep an eye out for it.

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SHAKER: MEGATON #1 | MEGATON COMICS | 1983

By Matt DeVoe

Megaton #2 & #3 often get much of the focus due to those issues holding the honor of being the first cameo and full appearance of The Savage Dragon. However, this first issue is also notable as it features the first published artwork of comic legend Erik Larsen. It’s also considered the first mainstream black & white anthology comic. This week, this hard-to-find first issue sold for a new high sale of $635 for a CGC 9.8.

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SHAKER: ROBOTECH II: THE SENTINELS BOOK IV #13 | ACADEMY COMICS LTD. | 1995

By Matt DeVoe

It’s well known that the last issue of a run tends to hold significant value. This issue also winded down Academy Comics’ short 1-year publishing run of the franchise. Then add in this all-black cover, aged 27 years, floating around in back-issue bins, and you have one pricey book. It’s considered one of the rarest Robotech comics, with sources pointing to an unconfirmed print run of 1000 copies. This week, a rare CGC 9.4 came to market and sold for a new high of $975. These first nine issues don’t sell for much. So, any store quickly scanning these will most likely throw the entire series together into $1 bins, back issues, or bundle the set together. This is an excellent stealth buy book.

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SHAKER: THE SENSATIONAL SHE-HULK #14 – BRIAN BOLLAND – PROMOTIONAL (COVER ONLY) | MARVEL | 1990

By Yves Navant

This weird piece of comics history just sold for $301.99, raw, and it’s not even a full-grown comic! In 1990, utterly brilliant British comics legend Brian Bolland (Judge Dredd, Camelot 3000, DC’s Killing Joke) designed a cover for Marvel’s Sensational She-Hulk. An obsessive draftsman and perfectionist, Mr. Bolland did not submit his finished art in time to meet the production deadline. Marvel recruited Mark Texeira and Harry Candelario to complete Bolland’s rough, preliminary sketch to ensure She-Hulk remained on schedule. While undoubtedly nice, the printed cover paled compared to Bolland’s actual illustration. After the issue’s initial publication, Marvel released Bolland’s completed cover as a single-sheet, wrap-around cover, a promotional piece intended to advertise the current Sensational She-Hulk story-arc. Not a full replacement issue, this single piece of clay-coated cover stock paper featured what would have been the cover for She-Hulk #14; internal text explained the mix-up in Mighty Marvel manner and previewed the covers for issues #16 and #17. No interior pages, just a replacement cover. She-Hulk has always been pretty cool, but she’s about to step into the spotlight like never before with her very own Disney+ show! As a member of both the Avengers and the Fantastic Four, also soon to join the MCU, Shulkie could play a huge part in the cinematic world we’ve grown to love. We should keep an eye on all things She-Hulk, Sensational, or Savage.

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SHAKER: SILVER SURFER #14 | MARVEL | 1970

By DiodeLad

In the original Silver Surfer series, Stan Lee often uses Norrin Radd’s alienness to critique the psychology of modern society. Although he is a humanoid with strong ethics, Radd continually doesn’t understand human cultural cues. He is deeply perplexed by people, and he stumbles through interactions with villains, super-heroes, the military, and average folks alike. The Silver Surfer meets Spider-Man in this issue, and things don’t go too well. Spider-Man sends miscues to Silver Surfer, and they fight, the Surfer gets pissed off, and eventually, the US military gets involved. The destruction escalates, endangering citizens, and then it becomes a rescue mission that resolves when Silver Surfer saves a child who is caught up in the demolition. A raw copy described in the listing description as “NM- (9.2)” sold for a CovrPrice raw high of $469.

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SHAKER: SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #1/4 | ARCHIE | 1992

By Matt DeVoe

Sonic The Hedgehog’s first appearance is a tad complicated. His first official comic book appearance is in the SONIC THE HEDGEHOG #1 promotional mini-comic which was released alongside the first video game’s 1991 release. This same issue was reprinted later in the year as an insert in multiple DC comics and video game magazines. These are frequently listed as the original. However, its thinner newspaper quality paper is very noticeable. With all that said, the Sega mini-comic predates this #¼ issue, which previews the 1992 #0 issue start of Archie’s Sonic comic run. It’s important to note that many sources (like Wikipedia) incorrectly notate this ¼ issue as Sonic’s first appearance, hence the multitude of listings notating this as the first. Due to misinformation, this ¼ issue now has a significant market lead over the mini with it hitting an all-new high sale of $2,750 for a CGC 9.4. For comparison, the rarer promotional mini-comic hit a high of $1K for a 9.8 in September 2021.

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SHAKER: STAR TREK #1 | GOLD KEY |1967

By The Professor

As Spock said, “After a time, you may find that ‘having’ is not so pleasing a thing after all as ‘wanting.’ It is not logical, but it is often true.” It sure seems true these days with comic collectors and Star Trek #1 from Gold Key! The story revolves around a planet where alien spores can infect humans, turning them into plant life forms. One of the crew turns into a tree and is killed (you know, the guy who you never learn his name, and only see for a few seconds “on-screen”…that guy). Ultimately, the crew escapes the perils of the living planet, beams back to the Enterprise, and makes a plan to destroy the planet itself. This comic has always been highly desirable, somewhat expensive, and difficult to find in the wild, but a few weeks ago we saw a CGC 9.4 sell for a remarkable $13,800, and the trickle-down effect seems to be in full bloom! Very recently, a CGC 3.5 sold for $275 ($80 more than the 1previous high sale in the same grade), and a PGX 6.0 reached $800 ($100 more than a CGC copy in the same grade). The real gains, however, have been with raw copies. We had not seen any raw sales of this book hit the $400 mark before the new year. In January alone, we have had three big raw sales of $525, $800, and $911. Pretty amazing sales that boldly have gone where no other raw Star Trek #1 comics have gone before!

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SHAKER: STAR WARS: DARTH MAUL #2 – DAVID AJA (1:25) | MARVEL | 2017

By Matt DeVoe

To say Darth Maul #2 is trending is an understatement. It’s the first canon appearance of a particular character who recently appeared in a popular Disney+ series. Click the title link to see who that character is if you feel like spoiling it for yourself. Either way, you’re going to be seeing a lot of this book for the next several weeks. It’s already hit a new high of $1,949 for a CGC 9.8 and will most likely get a new high before the weekend is over. Also notable is the standard cover, trending at an FMV of $183 raw/ $850 in a 9.8 and the 2nd print, trending at an FMV of $282 raw/ $1,100 in a 9.8.

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SHAKER: STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS ADAPTATION #4 – INCENTIVE MIKE DEL MUNDO BLACK AND WHITE VARIANT | MARVEL |  2016

By Matt DeVoe

Speaking of Star Wars, this issue features the first cover and cameo appearance of the Knights of Ren. There was a recent debunked rumor that Disney was developing a Knights of Ren series for Disney+. Still, collectors jumped all over this book, pushing this very hard-to-find variant to a new high sale of $255 raw.

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SHAKER: STRANGE ACADEMY #1 | MARVEL | 2020

By Matt DeVoe

This week, there have been plenty of conversations in the community around FOMO and chasing the HOT new release. However, this specific title is exactly why FOMO exists. When this new series was first released, it was very popular. From week one, it just kept increasing… and never stopped. It’s been almost two years now, and this first print just hit new highs with a $401 CGC 9.8 sale and a $170 raw. Despite a large number of first appearances, should this be nipping the heels of Young Avengers #1? What’s the right formula that makes this book work and not others? In our opinion, the multiple appearances, great story-telling, fantastic covers, and new appearances in later issues seem to be the key factors in its progression. That’s helping this once foo book to keep going up, with or without content. That’s rare.

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SHAKER: TALES TO ASTONISH #27 | MARVEL | 1961

By Ryan Forster

Major Silver Age Marvel keys continue to show strong sales, and the first appearance of Hank Pym (Ant-Man) in Tales to Astonish #27 is no exception. The next Ant-Man movie, Quantumania, is still over a year into the future, but it looks like the keys for this character are already heating up. This week we had a Giant-Man-sized sale of $16,800 for a CGC 5.5, beating out the prior record in grade of $5,995 from April of 2021 by $10,805 or over 180 percent. To put this sale into perspective, a CGC 6.0 sold on Just December 17th for $7,850, so either someone really wanted this copy, or it seems the chase may have begun to grab up this book in advance of the next appearance of this character in the MCU. Another big key to keep an eye out for with Ant-Man is his second and first appearance in costume in Tales to Astonish #35. That book also had a rare CGC 7.5 sell this week for a record $5,520.

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SHAKER: THOR: GOD OF THUNDER #2 – DANIEL ACUÑA (1:50) | MARVEL | 2012

By Matt DeVoe

This variant is very tough to find, proved by its lack of aftermarket flooding. Despite some high asking prices that have been sitting for months, when a copy does sell, it goes up. For example, this week’s $800 marks a new high raw sale. 

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SHAKER: ULTIMATES #1 ART ADAMS 1:50 | MARVEL |2015

By DiodeLad

Ultimates #1 (2015) 1:50 incentive variant by Art Adams sold for a high of $610 for a 9.8 this week, and a raw copy sold for $187.80. This 12-issue series by Al Ewing features art by Kenneth Rocafort matching the story’s vibrancy. Issue #1 features the first appearances of Ayo and Aneka, guards of T’Challa, and part of the Dora Milaje (they appear in multiple panels but are not named). Ayo and Aneka take on greater significance in the Ta-Nehisi Coates run starting in Black Panther #1 (2016), but Ultimates #1 is their first appearance. We look forward to Florence Kasumba’s ongoing appearance as Ayo in the Black Panther Wakanda Forever movie. The Ultimates team also form in this comic: Blue Marvel, Captain Marvel (who “goes Binary”), Black Panther, Monica Rambeau (as Spectrum), and America Chavez (Ms. America). In addition to rising on Black Panther movie spec, this run is also essential in the Galactus mythology. It has risen along with post-Eternals speculation that Galactus may also be coming to the MCU. Further, the book features the first team-up of several characters possibly being introduced into the MCU like Monica Rambeau and America Chavez or established stars like Captain Marvel. The Art Adams cover gives collectors a high ratio incentive variant that is also one of the best Galactus covers out there. We usually see Galactus standing erect in space, but here he is crouched, ready for action in an urban setting. Also, keep on the lookout for the Terry Dodson 1:25 incentive variant with the whole Ultimates team on the cover.

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SHAKER: UNCANNY AVENGERS #1 – ADI GRANOV (1:75) | MARVEL | OCT 10, 2012

By Matt DeVoe

This is unarguably a gorgeous cover by Adi Granov. Uncanny Avengers #1 was a big title in 2012, so a 1:75 wasn’t impossible to get. However, ten years later, this isn’t particularly easy to find. This growing scarcity has increased prices, with Scarlet Witch hexing a new all-time high of $400 for a CGC 9.8.

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SHAKER: VENGEANCE OF THE MOON KNIGHT #1 – DAVID FINCH – MRRC VIRGIN

MARVEL | 2009

By Matt DeVoe

This variant is genuinely one of the rarest variants known and is quite elusive. It’s always fun to see a copy come to market, even if it’s not the highest sale for it. This week’s raw sale of $2,025 couldn’t surpass the all-time raw high of $3K. However, it was most likely due to several major color-breaking spine creases that prevented this from receiving a high grade.

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SHAKER: WEIRD WAR TALES #1 | DC | 1971

By Yves Navant

The inaugural issue of DC’s sometimes horror, sometimes science fiction, sometimes supernatural, war anthology sold this week for $1,140 in a CGC 9.6. In 1971, changes to the Comics Code Authority allowed publishers, writers, and artists to finally once again depict horror and supernatural elements in comics. Weird War Tales was a crazy thrill-ride of war-themed stories, post-apocalyptic cautionary tales, and… well, Medusa, Frankenstein’s monster, a vampire, and a werewolf fighting Nazis. During its 12 year, 124 issue run, Weird War Tales introduced the aforementioned motley crew, The Creature Commandos, as well as G.I. Robot. Jeez, Creature Commandos, where are you? We could use you right now. Of note, the book also served as a launchpad for industry giants Walt Simonson and Frank Miller, later of Manhunter, Mighty Thor, and Daredevil fame, respectively. This week’s sale was an all-time high for a book that introduced fictional horrors to the horrors of war.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED COMICS

RUMORED/OPTIONED: DUNGEONS & DRAGONS

As reported by Deadline, “Rawson Marshall Thurber To Spearhead Flagship’ Dungeons & Dragons’ TV Series For eOne .” The article also notes that “Adapting Dungeons & Dragons for television has been “a big focus” for eOne following the company’s acquisition by Hasbro, eOne’s President of Global Television Michael Lombardo told Deadline in November.” This bodes well for a possible long-running series. Keep in mind this will take time to develop, so look out in the wild for key D&D books.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: LAST UNICORN

As reported by Comic Book Resources, “A Live-Action The Last Unicorn Film Is in the Works – Plus a Stage Musical .” The entire IDW comic series is quite hard to find and command significant market values, with the variants being some of the toughest covers to find (and they’re pretty amazing too). We expect to see some huge sales as they come to market.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: RIFTWAR #1

Per Deadline, “‘The Riftwar Cycle’: TV Series Adaptation Of Fantasy Books In Works At Newly Launched Six Studios.” This news immediately lifted this comic adaptation from $1 to its current high of $30.

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RUMORED/OPTIONED: TITANS – SEASON 4 – BROTHER BLOOD & MOTHER MAYHEM

Deadline, once again, is reporting “‘Titans’ Sets Season 4 Villains: Joseph Morgan As Brother Blood, Franka Potente As Mother Mayhem, Lisa Ambalavanar As Jinx.” Brother Blood and Mother Mayhem both first appeared in New Teen Titans #21. Jinx first appeared via cameo in Tales of the Teen Titans #56 and fully in issue #57. Market values haven’t had any significant trends.

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WHAT THE WATCHER IS WATCHING

WATCHING: SWORD MASTER #1 | MARVEL | 2019

By Matt DeVoe

First appearing in cameo on the cover WAR OF THE REALMS: NEW AGENTS OF ATLAS #1, Sword Master (Lin Lie) was a tad overshadowed by all the multiple first appearances in this issue. However, his first full appearance in issue #2 has become a modern Marvel key with the standard cover selling for $75, the 1:25 selling for $550 raw/ $1,500 for a 9.8. With his sword recently broken, Marvel has been hinting at Lin taking the mantle of Iron Fist, which has only added to his market heat. His solo series has been on fire as well, with issues #1, #9 (first Lin Feng, his brother) & #12 (low print final issue) all making their own big jumps in price. The 2nd print and variant for issue #1 just passed $100 this week; however, the standard cover is still reasonable at $15. If he takes the mantle of Iron Fist, then these are going to move fast. Even if he doesn’t, fans genuinely seem to be investing in his key books, as noted on this list. Sword Master is a character on the rise, and this book, in particular, is one to watch.

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KEY COMIC OF THE WEEK

KEY OF THE WEEK: ULTIMATE FALLOUT #4 | MARVEL | 2011

By DiodeLad

Several unconfirmed casting rumors have been swirling around Miles Morales’ introduction into the MCU, and fans seem most fixated on one name: Miles Brown, aka Baby Boogaloo, a 17-year old actor who stars in the ABC comedy, Black-ish. Even though there isn’t any official casting news, we have noticed an uptick in Miles Morales’s interest, as his first comic appearance is selling strong. A 9.6 sold for $1300 this week, and 9.8s sold for $3300 and $3600.

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